Category Archives: For Writers

How to Throw a Literary Themed Party in a Speakeasy

Book themed parties are great for so many occasions and they work for both kids and adults. It’s a great theme for birthday parties, book launch celebrations, writing organization anniversaries, English degree graduation parties and so much more!

Cake layout for a literary themed party with two book shaped cakes, a candelabra, a globe and other vintage library decor.

A couple of weekends ago we celebrated one of the oldest writing organizations in the US with a book themed 1920’s Gatsby speakeasy party. The writing organization, THPW, was organized in April 1920 by two women and their first official meeting was in a hotel lobby. It only seemed fitting to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary (plus 2) in a 1920’s hotel and what better place in the hotel than their secret speakeasy with its very own hidden bookcase door.

The hotel, with its book-filled lobby, has its own literary ties which fit even more perfectly with the theme. It was built in 1927 by a woman who was instrumental in organizing the first public library in town.


Hello & Welcome to My New Blog about Writing for Children

I have always been a picture book lover. In fact, I still have many of the picture books from my own childhood — some of which I will be sharing on here. I began my journey to writing picture books as I imagine many people do — completely unsure of how to proceed. I’ve decided to start sharing the journey of finishing up my first picture book and going from a children’s book writer to a published children’s book author.

Along the way I’ll be sharing updates on my own picture book writing journey as well as children’s picture book reviews for stories both old and new, possibly reading an old picture book from time to time on YouTube (maybe), cool information about children’s books, their authors and illustrators, and various other kid lit related randomness.

I hope you’ll follow along and hopefully find something interesting to you along the way. If you have a children’s book blog, please comment with the link so I can follow you too!